Game Day Food Ideas

Spice up the game with these delicious game day food appetizers! All of your favorite game-day flavors that are easy to make and delicious. Bring on the healthy appetizers!

Want to know our favorites right off the bat? Our top two favorite game day appetizers are these Everything Bagel Seasoning Chicken Wings and this Vegan Queso.

We Love Game Day Food!

Searching for the perfect delicious AND healthy appetizer to bring to the next game day get-together? WE GOT YOU. If you are in it for the actual game, I’m sure you like to nibble on delicious food while you watch!

You don’t have to settle for plain old bar food or frozen appetizers. You can have healthy food that is both healthy and will surely impress all of your guests!

what to make on game day

  • Choose recipes that you are excited about!
  • Once you know how many people you are providing food for, choose recipes that are perfect for a crowd! Dips are always great for the masses!
  • If you are short on time, choose recipes that can be made (or semi made) ahead of time! Bake potato skins the day before or do all the chopping that needs to be done.
  • Sometimes a charcuterie board is all you need to feed people at a game day bash! Check out our favorite charcuterie board here!

Now, choose from the dozens of our go-to healthy appetizers below that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Game day appetizers never tasted SO good! First up? WINGS.

Easy Wing Recipes

Chicken wings are an age-old game day recipe that has always been a favorite game day appetizer! Whether you are a saucy buffalo wing fan or a crunchy dry rub chicken wing lover, we’ve got a wing recipe for you!

Healthy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Make any game day or fun family gathering extra tasty with these Healthy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings. They’re rubbed with coconut sugar and garlic and tossed with tasty franks and honey. These wings are the perfect appetizer for any occasion.

Healthy baked buffalo chicken wings

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Dip Recipes

If there is one thing we do right on FFF it’s dip recipes! We love dipping tortilla chips, crackers, pretzels, fruit, veggies, and everything in between in our dip recipes. Though we have many different dip recipes each one is healthy, flavorful, and usually protein packed!

Lightened Up Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Make yourself this AMAZING lightened-up, restaurant-style Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip for a nutrition-packed snack or appetizer year round! This spinach and artichoke dip will be a crowd-pleasing recipe you’ll want to make month after month.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Meatball Recipes

Did someone say MEATBALLS? Making a batch of meatballs the day before an event and put them in the refrigerator for an easy app the next day! Serve your meatballs on a skewer, a toothpick, or just use your fingers.


Make a batch of meatballs and freeze them! All you have to do is let your meatballs cool, place them in a freezer-safe container, and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to serve them, let them thaw and bake them at 350ºF for 15-20 minutes and you’re ready!

Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs

Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer, meal-prep for the week, or a game-day treat, these Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion!

balsamic rosemary meatballs

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Nacho Recipes

Nachos are a go-to recipe on game day for many people! The beauty is that you can bake everything on a baking sheet, bake it, and serve the nachos right on the baking sheet! It’s the perfect vehicle.

Another amazing thing about nachos is that you don’t have to serve them on tortilla chips, you can serve them on vegetables, too! Check out all of our delicious chip and veggie nacho recipes below.

Loaded Chicken Nachos 

These loaded chicken nachos are packed with protein, veggies, and I promise you the entire family will love it!

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baked nachos

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Game Day Food Idea: Baked Nachos Recipe

This baked beef nacho recipe is perfect for game day or can even be the great easy weeknight dinner for the family!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutes

Fat 20 Carbs 34 Protein 17

Yield 810 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef (chicken, turkey, or plant-based ground)*
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (Or, sub 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning)
  • 3 tablespoons water

Nachos + Noppings

  • 6 servings tortilla chips (of choice)
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 can beans (black or pinto), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheese (or more)

Optional Toppings

  • Greek yogurt
  • lime juice
  • fresh cilantro
  • slice avocado


  1. First, prepare your ground beef by heating 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium/high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Then, add ground beef and saute until fully cooked. Add taco seasoning and water and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Prepare nachos by lining a baking sheet with tin foil and preheating oven to 400ºF.
  4. Then add half of the chips and sprinkle on 1/2 of the toppings including the cooked meat. Then, do one more layer of chips and one more layer of toppings.
  5. Place baking sheet in the oven at 400ºF for 10 minutes or until cheese fully melts. Then, broil for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favorite optional toppings such as Greek yogurt, lime juice, avocado, and fresh cilantro

Tips & Notes

  • ground meat: if you use anything other than beef, you may need to use more olive oil for browning so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/10 Calories: 427 Sugar: 2 Fat: 20 Carbohydrates: 34 Fiber: 7 Protein: 17

Author: Linley RichterCategory: AppetizerMethod: OvenCuisine: American

Keywords: game day food

Vegetarian Appetizers

Forget the meat and make your guests a variety of veggie based appetizer recipes that will knock their socks off!

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Got a head of cauliflower? Make these amazing healthy buffalo cauliflower wings with just a few simple ingredients for the big game. These healthy cauliflower wings are especially delicious dipped in a homemade healthy blue cheese dip.

Buffalo cauliflower wings on a plate

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Bacon-Wrapped Appetizers

When in doubt, wrap it in bacon! You can wrap any vegetable in bacon to make a statement on game day! Pop any of these bacon wrapped appetizers in the oven right before guests arrive and your house will smell of delicious bacon deliciousness!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

It’s time to spice up your appetizers with these paleo-friendly bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers! All you need are a few ingredients and 30 minutes!

It’s time to spice up your appetizers with these paleo-friendly bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers! All you need are a few ingredients and 30 minutes!

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